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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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92
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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 54
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sort of "collaboration beer" with the famous Belgian brewery Brasserie Cantillon: an interesting experiment on the world of spontaneous fermentation. Our classic Duchess - Spelt beer - is was cut with a 20% of Cantillon lambic aged one year. The result is a unique beer that blends in an extraordinary way the characteristic acidity and roughness of lambic with delicate and gentle notes of the Duchess.

(Beer added by: ATPete on 11-01-2009)
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

alalvarez75, Feb 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Trazer, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

EagleRare, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

JustinMatthew, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! Poured at a good temperature with an enormous, fluffy, frothy, foamy, off-white, billowy head that very slowly settled and loads of sticky lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with many bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, citrus and pears, malt, crackers. Flavors very close to nose, ever so slightly sweet, great bitter and carbonic tang balance. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor with a neat slight sweetness up front and astringency in back, fairly long, and drinkable for a tart brew.

drpimento, Jun 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bcp5296d, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Elfastball7, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

cjckson, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

pohldogg356, Mar 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

drgonzo2k2, Oct 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

firesrage, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

1up, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

awesome. my two favorite styles blended together by two of my favorite brewers. lambic from cantillon and saison from del borgo. light amber with a white head that seems to fade pretty quick. Still looks quite good. Nose is all things saison... pepper, barn, earth, sunshine, and they all seem to be elevated by the wild, sour notes contributed by the lambic. I think a lot of extra flavor comes from the blending here, and I also think that the lambic spritzes up the body and really helps spread the flavors all over the palate. I wanted way way more. Absolutely delicious beer, especially on tap. A must for the fan of the more wild and funky saisons.

timtim, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of standardcherry
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with a large, frothy white head. Lots of lacing and sediment.
S: The lambic funk takes over here. A bit of saison yeast spiciness and fruity/citrusy sweetness but a large part is funk. A bit of apricot/pear in there as well.
T: Not as funky as I expected. The balance is perfect between the lambic and the saison. Lots of lactic sourness, some yeasty breadiness, some sweet malts and finishes with lemons and dry tartness. Excellent.
M: Light/medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated. Extremely drinkable though, very refreshing.
O: Very impressive beer from these Italians! World-class, I would drink this every day if I could.

standardcherry, May 16, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: I made a very careful pour, so as to not disturb the sediment. Completely clear honey gold with a massive, 4+ finger white head. I has to pour for a LONG time to get most of the bottle into the glass. Big billowing white head, and some nice lacing.

Smell: Woah! Huge Cantillon lambic funk up front. Very strong lactic tartness on the nose. Some white grapes and oak. A touch of white pepper and yeast, but only just.

Taste: Slightly more balanced between the lambic and saison than the nose, but only just. Still a big lactic tartness and classic Cantillon funk up front. This honestly tastes like a young Cantillon classic. Some yeast and breadyness mid palate, and as it warms. Finishes with a lingering lemon and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Hugh carb. Maybe just a touch too much. Sharp and biting, but letting the glass sit helps dissolve some of it. Nice tartness. Pretty drinkable despite the carb. Refreshing.

Overall: Well this has gotten exponentially better since when I had it 5 months ago, and it was good then. I'm looking forward to having this again in the future.

cfrances33, Mar 19, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a Cantillon tumbler. Slow gusher here when chilled, borderline explosive when warmer.  The brew is a hazy golden with rich bubby froth nearly 4 fingers strong despite a careful pour. Patches of lace stick all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is strongly reminescent of Cantillon sourness. Some mild oak scent of funk. Lemony lacto is quite bold. Some earthy quality of saison yeast notes almost with a yogurt aspect run all through the back with an increased focus on grain as it gets warmer.

The taste is yogurt like creamy yeast. Some saison like spice of clove sits overtop barnyard straw grain and must. Very fruity with tart lemon, pear, apple hints. Mild alcohol warmth and spice from the saison yeast. That Cantillon inclusion is quite pronounced in thus offering,

This is a medium to light bodied brew an effervescent level of carbonation. It is light, refreshing and super easy drinking. Amazing offering here that is a hybrid of saison and lambic with more of a focus on the later. I'm sure this brew will be met with mixed opinions but overall this was fantastic. Can't believe I haven't heard anything about this brew prior to trying it. Get some of this ASAP, its awesome and sure to develop into something even more enjoyable down the road.

stakem, Apr 03, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine taster. There is a slightly hazy straw color. This is a gusher. There is a large foam head with a ton of sticky lacing.

The aroma has some nice tartness with a heavy dose of brett. There is some lemon zest to go with sweet malt.

The taste starts with some slightly wheaty malt. There is a lot of lemony flavor here also. This is really nice and the lambic is a prominent part of the flavor.

This is light to medium in body with nice soft to medium carbonation.

This is amazing. I am glad I grabbed another one.

andrewinski1, Oct 29, 2011
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my duvel tulip

A _ pours a very inviting cloudy copper colour with a huge white foamy head that stays the course and laces.

S - Big yeasty aromas with cirtus ,spice, apple. Authentice Belgian with a twist

T - Up front plenty of spicy malt, followed by citrus, yeast and a nice aniseed finish. This is a very silky saison

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation the overall mouthfell id very smooth indeed.

O - Probably the best saison that i have had to date other than the Fantome Ghost

eric5bellies, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wesley14, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hoppymcgee, Jan 26, 2012
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Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.